Molecular Dynamics Studies of Dynamical High-Pressure Phase Transitions in Rare-Gas Solids

Eugene Pechenik, Guy Makov

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The phase diagram of pair potential models of rare-gases was studied with respect to the effect of the choice of potential on the nature of the phase diagram. In particular the existence of a high-pressure bcc phase is shown to be potential sensitive. We show using molecular dynamics that the fcc-bcc phase transition cannot be reproduced with the Lennard-Jones (12-6) pair potential, though it is reproduced with the Buckingham pair potential. We propose a simple analytical technique, based on the Einstein theory of a harmonic solid, for predicting an fcc-bcc phase transition in a given system. Using the atomic volume and the pair potential as input, we were able to predict the transition temperature. These findings agree with an earlier work by A. B. Belonoshko et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 165505 (2001). Additionally, shock wave simulations of several model systems were conducted. The structure of shock wave in this model was examined as a function of shock strength and the existence of a dynamic phase transition was explored.
Original languageEnglish GB
Article numberabstract id. W42.005
JournalBulletin of the American Physical Society
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 APS March Meeting - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: 13 Mar 200617 May 2006


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